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Linked In Response To A Forum "Poetry declines"

Updated on January 22, 2016

Maya Angelou

Poetry Shall Always Be Here

This first paragraph was my initial response to the subject but as I read the responses that followed I was motivated to add more in this hub.

I'd rather not think of poetry as declining but poetry is a hidden treasure of reality, beauty and expressions from the heart. Poetry contains what is really on a person's mind and in a person's heart. It is not fabricated. If every hub here was poetry then a lot of it would be overlooked and be of lesser value than it is. I will say that if poetry was written with rhythmic stanzas and that people could read it that way then it would be more interesting to read but today some poetry is written with longer and odd phrases that sort of take it out of the context of reading or reciting poetry with rhythm.

Rappers are not to blame at all for if at all “Poetry Declines”. They just recite poetry in a different style and type of music. That is no different than words to any kind of song or music. Also, the selling of poetry has to do with marketing it as via greeting cards and the popularity or reputation of the writer. Poetry is very successful in music or if written a poem or poems about someone famous. Poetry is converted to a song once it is put to music. Music is played over the air, in videos and in commercials (jingles). Look at how popular the poetry is and has been in the song, Jingle Bells. Whether poetry sells or not it is, will always be needed and it gets attention. Singers and musicians are always looking for lyrics and lyrics are of poetry. The prominence of poetry depends on what each piece is written about.

Poetry is written in many variations. Check this out:

Poetry will never decline

There is no way to determine that

Keep writing line after line

Poetry is good to look at

It tells about something

Whether we like the something or not

Poetry has meaning

By making sense and marking the spot

Poetry is about things and life

Scribbled on plain paper

Helping to understand strife

Though we may not get paid for the labor.

Gwendolyn Brooks

Modern Day Poets

Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks and Henry Blakely Jr were late modern day poets. Maya Angelou had published books because she had sponsors. Sponsors got her poetry published and marketed around the country and the world. The same ting happened for Gwendolyn Brooks who was out of my hometown, Chicago. She also had local sponsors. Like William Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe, Angelou and Brooks were two of the poets studied within the Chicago Public High School Curriculum. I had published a book of poetry as did one of our own hubbers (ashelladyhawke) and my book was used within a church educational program. Poets need to locate a venue other than the internet where people come to hear poetry especially in major cities.

Henry Blakely Jr who is still living was married to Ms. Brooks and still living was a college school teacher of mine in the subject of Writing Prose.

How Much Do You Like Poetry

Do You like to read poetry more than articles?

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Poetry Must Not Decline

On the day that poetry declines, life declines. Life is poetry and poetry is life. Life doesn't describe poetry but poetry describes life. It interprets life for many that don't understand life. Music has nothing but poetry in it. Poetry is music when there are words to it. Poetry is art. Poetry shows why life is worth living. Poetry in the eyes of the beholder. Poetry can be you in whatever state you are in. God created The Poetry of Nature.


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  • word55 profile imageAUTHOR

    Al Wordlaw 

    4 years ago from Chicago

    Hi AliciaC, I did this hub because poetry shall not only live but reign forever! Rhythm, rhyme and reality. Thank you for coming by.

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    Linda Crampton 

    4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Thank you for creating this hub, word55. I love your wonderful statement that "poetry is a hidden treasure of reality, beauty and expressions from the heart"! Both writing and reading poetry are very important to me, so I appreciate what you have written.

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    Al Wordlaw 

    5 years ago from Chicago

    Yes truLe, we're going to keep it going. Thank you

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    5 years ago

    I agree... poetry is one of truest forms of written expression.

  • word55 profile imageAUTHOR

    Al Wordlaw 

    5 years ago from Chicago

    Thank you for your comment and bless you. If you write it, keep on writing it. If you read it, keep on reading it. It's enough of us out here that acknowledge and appreciate it to the fullest. I love it!

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    K.A.E Grove 

    5 years ago from Australia

    I have a soft spot for poetry of many kinds, but it does seem harder to be acknowledged for it as a serious writing form in this day and age, an interesting read, with some good points

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    Al Wordlaw 

    5 years ago from Chicago

    Thank you Teaches12345. Long live our poetry. -:)

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    Dianna Mendez 

    5 years ago

    Good write up on poetry and its importance in our lives. I admire Ms. Angelou for her philosophy and her inspiration to life life well.

  • word55 profile imageAUTHOR

    Al Wordlaw 

    5 years ago from Chicago

    Thanks Jodah, your response is filled with meaning a clear understanding. God bless!

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    John Hansen 

    5 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Good hub. Poetry really needs to be appreciated by the wider community as a whole, but I feel places like Hub Pages give us poets a great platform to have our poetry seen by our peers who appreciate it. I think it is seeing a resurgence going by many wonderful poems and poets writing here. I also write articles and short stories, but poetry is and will always be my first love. Vote up.

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    Al Wordlaw 

    5 years ago from Chicago

    You are welcome Astra N, I enjoy reading and writing poetry so much. They here at HP accept my poetry quicker than any other style of writing. Anyway, thanks for your wonderful sharing as well. Check out a couple of my songs. I'm honored to receive your comments funny or not.

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    Cathy Nerujen 

    5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

    I must echo your sentiments on Poetry. It is certainly not in decline. Poetry is more popular than ever, and so is a need to read and enjoy fiction and quality writing from poets and any kind of writer out there.

    As someone who is starting a magazine for writers, I find there is no shortage of poets and poetry submissions. The quality is very high, from both published poets like Vincent Moore, Marifel Dungo, Nikki Jordan (and others from HubPages) and unpublished poets.

    My own work tends towards lyrical and musical poetry, but sometimes it's non-rhyming - or semi-rhyming or something totally different.

    There are very few rules to poetry. Poetry is under-appreciated sometimes. But on HubPages it can get its fair share of attention.

    Poetry lovers have to experience the spoken word and the live poetry performance to really feel the energy that comes from poetry.

    This is a great Hub. Thank you for sharing your views on poetry and also thank you for the follow on my poetry hubs.

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    Al Wordlaw 

    5 years ago from Chicago

    Ah Kim, for you I am so grateful to hear that!

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    5 years ago from North Carolina

    Much enjoyed. Informative and nicely presented. I am especially a huge fan of Maya Angelou. Thank You.


  • word55 profile imageAUTHOR

    Al Wordlaw 

    5 years ago from Chicago

    Thanks Jamie, I'm glad you felt that it was worthy of a hub.

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    Jamie Lee Hamann 

    5 years ago from Reno NV

    Thank you for this well written hub in support of Poetry. An act of love. Jamie

  • word55 profile imageAUTHOR

    Al Wordlaw 

    5 years ago from Chicago

    Love you too Laurie. When you're on here you are so on top of things. You go Ms Lady!

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    5 years ago

    Love this hub.

    You are so right, poetry carries your inner thoughts and dreams and sometimes as we write we are guided to these dreams and may not realize them ourselves.

    Great write



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